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Natural Left Hand Technique and Common Misconceptions

by Rozanna Weinberger One of the biggest challenges for advancing players is a comfortable left hand technique, including the ability to go from note to note without excessive strain as well as sound finger action & vibrato. There have been many great teachers of string playing, but two come to mind as pioneers shedding light on a […]

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The Most Common Misconceptions About Right Hand Finger Action

by Rozanna Weinberger Right hand finger action is a cause for bewilderment by many students. The myth is that the fingers must be trained to move back and forth,  to curl and straighten, to effect a proper bow hold.  While in principal its true these movements need to occur,  the movements are the effect of a […]

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Wrist vs Arm Vibrato: Which is better?

by Rozanna Weinberger Throughout my studies it was typical that various teachers would espouse preferences in vibrato,between arm or wrist. D.C. Dounis has an interesting perspective where he goes so far as to say one is inferior to the other. Continuing from the material covered from the interview between Samuel Applebaum and Dounis, this entry will examine […]

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A Natural Approach to Vibrato

The notion of natural this or natural that is a modern day phenomenon attributed to everything from food to hair products. When referring to viola or violin vibrato, there is a vague notion of somehow playing with less tension. But I would prefer to attribute naturalness to incorporation of motion studies utilizing intrinsic functionality of skeleton […]

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